"Selfish Idiocy:" Infected lawmaker blasts Republicans for bunkering maskless [Updated]

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"Several Republicans not only cruelly refused to wear a mask but mocked colleagues."
UPDATE 1/12/2021, 11:15am EST: And now there is a third. Rep. Brad Schneider (D-Ill) announced Tuesday morning that he, too, has tested positive for COVID-19 after sheltering with maskless Republican colleagues.

In a statement, Schneider said that during the insurrection, he was "forced to spend several hours in a secure but confined location with dozens of other Members of Congress," and "several Republican lawmakers in the room adamantly refused to wear a mask."

Schneider reported that so far, he has not experienced symptoms but was nevertheless concerned. "Today, I am now in strict isolation, worried that I have risked my wife's health and angry at the selfishness and arrogance of the anti-maskers who put their own contempt and disregard for decency ahead of the health and safety of their colleagues and our staff," he said. "Wearing a mask is not a political statement, it is public health guidance, common courtesy, and simply what should be expected of all decent people."

Like Rep. Jayapal before him, he too called for maskless lawmakers to be sanctioned and immediately removed from the House floor. The original story follows.

Original post, 1/12/2021 10:42am EST: A second lawmaker announced that she has tested positive for COVID-19 days after bunkering with Republican colleagues who "recklessly" and "cruelly" refused to wear a mask amid the attack on the Capitol building.

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